This month the Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes Artefactual to its international Supporter Program. The company behind Archivematica and AtoM, Artefactual Systems, works together with cultural heritage organisations, providing expertise and technology in the domains of digital archiving and digital preservation. Canada-based Artefactual develops free and open-source software and promotes open standards with the goal of advancing the capacity of heritage institutions to preserve and provide access to the cultural assets of the world.
The DPC Supporter Program provides an environment where solution providers and members can collaborate. The Program’s events and activities offer opportunities for greater insight into the requirements of members. The DPC Supporter Program of activities delivers opportunities, activities and benefits designed to enable a positive dialogue between members and solution providers on ‘neutral’ ground.
Any organisation which provides products or services to the digital preservation community may apply for DPC Supporter status and in return will be invited to join and extend the activities of the Coalition. Supporters also enjoy early access to draft outlines of DPC Technology Watch Reports and other published output, an invitation to an annual trade fair and horizon scanning meeting with DPC members, as well as the opportunity to showcase products and services through webinars and relevant briefing days.
All funds raised by the Supporter Program will be used in first instance to support grants to members for training and workforce development as well as the Annual Student conference, to subsidise training workshops or to sponsor DPC membership for charities and not-for-profits.